Title:Creating Interactive Content and Community in Second Life
Authors:Rob Rothfarb, Paul Doherty, Aimee Weber
Publication:MW2007: Museums and the Web 2007

Workshop Syllabus:

Part I : What's Going On in Your World?

  • Background information about online 3D mutli-user worlds
  • Intro to Second Life
  • Case Studies
    • Exploratorium Astronomy Webcasts: Total Solar Eclipse, Transit of Mercury
    • Exploratorium 'Splo: A prototype interactive museum
    • International Spaceflight Museum (unconfirmed)
    • University of Illinois' Spurlock Museum
    • SFMOMA

Part 2: Build

  • Location! Location! Location! -- Where and what to build
  • Defining a museum's public space
  • Drawing on the community for exhibit development and curatorial expertise
  • Resources for museum professionals

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Develop a familiarity with Second Life by seeing images/video/machinima (animations created entirely within virtual worlds)
  • Develop a basic understanding of how to get started building your museum presence
  • Learn about issues of developing educational spaces and content
  • Develop strategies for working with community members to create and disseminate information about your museum projects